Climate Strike – September 20

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You may already be aware that a climate strike is planned on September 20. Please see information below to help staff respond to queries.

At RMIT we have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and we’re proud of the progress we’re making against our sustainability goals.

Climate change is a serious issue for us all and we know that many of our students and staff are passionate about how they can make a change. We applaud and support their commitment to the future health of our planet and a better world for all.

While we will continue to listen to feedback, we must balance the experience of our students every day and will therefore operate as usual on Friday 20 September.

We understand there will be a number of staff and students who will wish to participate in the strike and we encourage them to discuss suitable arrangements with their manager, teacher or supervisor.  

With our responsibility to the broader community front of mind, our goal of positive sustainable outcomes and practices is, and always will be, integral to how we operate.

Q&As

Will RMIT stop all classes to allow staff and students to attend the Climate Change Strike?

Classes will continue as planned on Friday 20 September however staff and students who wish to participate in the strike should discuss suitable arrangements with their manager, teacher or supervisor.

What if no students turn up to my class?

Students who do not attend class should not be disadvantaged. We encourage staff and students to come up with agreed alternatives for accessing lecture / tutorial materials.

What is RMIT doing to make a positive contribution to the effects of Climate Change?

RMIT has a long-standing commitment to sustainability in our operations through genuine and practical actions. We’re proud of the progress we’re making against our ambitious goals, which is outlined in our latest Sustainability Report.

We continue to lead the University sector in implementing sustainability initiatives across our campuses and contributes to important global initiatives on climate change and sustainability, including:

  • Being part of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the UN Global Compact, which tackles environment, human rights, labour and anti-corruption challenges.
  • Hosting the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme since 2008, bringing together government, business and civil society to address complex urban issues.
  • Our Responsible Investment Principles, which provide a framework for strengthening our ethical approach to philanthropic investments. The principles were developed as part of RMIT’s commitment to sustainability and in response to passionate feedback from our community.
  • Governance through the Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability Policy.

Where can I direct students if they are anxious or distressed about the effects of Climate Change?

RMIT has a range of resources designed to provide clear and helpful directions to any teaching staff and academics who may find themselves dealing with students in distress.

The Supporting Students: Action guide for RMIT Staff provides staff with clear protocols for assisting students in different levels of distress.

If you or others are at immediate risk of harm, always call:

  • Emergency Services on 000
  • RMIT Urgent Security on 9925 3333

When urgent student support is needed:

  • The RMIT staff line is available if staff members hold serious concerns about a student’s welfare or wellbeing and require timely assistance. Call 9925 1111 or email urgent.studentsupport@rmit.edu.au.
  • The query will be followed up by trained support staff who will assess the situation and provide practical support and advice on how to manage it.

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